A comprehensive system

Fatimah (right) speaking to reporters after a meeting on addressing urban poverty in Sarawak.

KUCHING: Sarawak will come up with an updated database for comprehensive profiling and mapping of the urban poor in the state.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the database was part of a new framework to tackle urban poverty in a holistic and integrated manner.

“We need a database on urban poverty with the latest figures, because the data we now have is from a 2013 study.

“So we need to have a current one with data from various sources to come up with updated mapping on the urban poor,” she said after a meeting on addressing urban poverty here.

The figures from the 2013 study indicated that there were 13,298 urban poor in Kuching, 5,892 in Sibu, 2,606 in Miri and 1,873 in Bintulu.

“As it is now 2020, the figures would be different,” Fatimah said, adding that the new database would focus on the four major urban areas of Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.

She said the key issues affecting the urban poor were inadequate housing, poor job opportunities due to low education and lack of skills, their children dropping out of school and a high risk of social problems.

As such, she said the new framework would include strategies on income and employment, housing, mobility and accessibility to amenities and services, environment and health, social problems and policies to address urban poverty.

Working committees have been formed based on the framework, comprising the relevant agencies and departments for an integrated approach.

“The committees will hold workshops in August to develop guidelines and targets on addressing urban poverty.

“We will also develop a social intervention directory for urban poverty in Sarawak,” Fatimah said.

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